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Date: 01-19-2023

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United States of America v. Luther Norman Whaley

Case Number: 2:22-cr-00002

Judge: Dana L. Christensen

Court: United States District Court for the District of Montana (Missoula County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Missoula

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Description: Missoula, Montana criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with brandishing a shotgun while robbing a motel in Butte.

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The government alleged that on Nov. 2, 2021, at the America’s Best Value Inn in Butte, Luther Norman Whaley, age 60, brandished a shotgun at the clerk and demanded money. The clerk placed approximately $3,000 in a black duffle bag that Whaley provided. Whaley fled but was quickly arrested. Law enforcement recovered a shotgun and a black bag with cash. Whaley then told law enforcement, “Yeah, it’s me.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Butte Police Department.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


Outcome: Defendant sentenced to the custody of the BOP for a term of 84 months, to run concurrently with any sentence imposed in Yellowstone County case. Supervised release for a term of 5 years. Standard and special conditions imposed. Fine waived. Special assessment of $100.

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